Monday, 16 June 1862

Grey ― dull. After 3 ― slight rain. After 5 ― hard rain.

Rose at 6 or 7 ― & breakfast in room. At 8.45 ― came away in Fly with C.F. (the calm of early morn would be lovely & grateful ― but for the cold & damp.)

Rail to town ― & with C.F. to Brook St. Home by 10.

Found letters ― Prescotts, Decies, A. Empson, & others, & invitations no end: also a nice letter from Lady Goldsmid. ― All the pictures had arrived ― how odd it seems! Unpacked ― with Thomas for 2 or 3 hours, (one pair of boots gone!) At 2 to Foord’s: then to the Great Internatl. ― & saw W.G. Clark. Cholmondely: the W. Scrivens ― Majr. & Col. Cocks & others, ― Venables & Gilly Lushington also. ― Came to Brompton at 5 ― intending to stay; ― but Fanny Coombe was tired & worried, & the G. Drewitts were coming: so I had some bread & cheese ― & saw Percy & Sidney ― & came away.

Rain all the way home: οὕτη ὀμπρέλλα ― οὕτε cab.[1] ― Had some biled [sic] beef & sherry at 7 ― & at 9.30 ― or 9.45 ― went to Mr. Baring’s concert ― being No. 1 ― Wonderful pictures.

2 Fairbairns
2. Mildmays
2. Seymours
Woolff
Ponsonby
J. Blencowe ―
Leighton
& others did I see. ― Lady Molesworth also ― but vastly altered; & Sir H.J. Holland ― sadly so ― & old Poodle Byng ― not the least: ― & Lady Proby ― if possible prettier. But the worst of all was that Mrs. Mildmay said

Lord Canning is dead!

Indeed, this is a dream life! ―

“Doubtless he will marry again” ― said someone at Strawberry yesterday.

 


[1] No umbrella ― no cab (NB).


[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

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